` EPS Training Associates

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EPS = Enthusiasm (with) Perseverance (equals) Success

Email us at: EPS Training Assoc.

Updated Oct 25/2017.
  • Club Information

    This is EPS Training Associates 20th year!

    2017 EXECUTIVE:

    Chairman: Sandy Briggs, Powassan, Ont.
    Vice Chairman: Ann McFadden, Sunderland,Ont.
    Treasurer: Marnie Wallace, South River, Ont.
    Secretary: Ivan Paul, RR 4, Powassan, Ont.,P0H 1Z0.
    Email: EPS Training Assoc.

  • EPS Training Associates is a non-profit training and performance event club, devoted to dog training in a wide variety of fields and offering CKC approved events.

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    Water mark at a WC tests.

  • General Information for all


    All events held under the rules of the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC).
  • CKC Office: 400 - 200 Ronson Ave., Toronto, M9W 5Z9. 416-675-5511. email: information@ckc.ca
  • CKC Executive Director: Lance Novak, CKC Head office.
  • Northern Ontario Director: Richard Paquette, Azilda, Ont.
  • N.Ont Tracking Rep: Sandy Briggs, Powassan, Ont.
  • N.Ont. HT Rep: Dr Joey Farrell, Thunder Bay, Ont.
  • N.Ont. WC rep: Sandy Briggs, Powassan, Ont.

  • HQ for all events hosted by EPS Training Assoc is Wimberway Kennels & Farm, 808 Memorial Park Dr., RR 4, Powassan, Ontario.
  • Obedience and rally trials are in a fenced grassy area at HQ.
    Tracking Tests are held in the general area but some driving is required for the different Urban sites.
    Retriever Field tests will be held nearby at different locations (depending on cover and water levels, etc).

  • PLEASE use parking area between pond and fenced training area for all events, and keep your dog(s) under control.

  • Accomodations close to Powassan are limited:
  • Housekeeping, lakeside, cabins at Wassi Lodge with 2 or 3 bedrooms (www.wassilodge.com), 705-724-2032;
    TJ's motel at Trout Creek, 705-723-5000;
    or motels in North Bay (half an hour north) - most major chain ones.
  • Directions: From west, take Hwy 17 to North Bay, then Hwy 11 south to Powassan, and take the Clark St exit.(#316)
    From east: Hwy 17 to Hwy 94. South on #94 to Hwy 654 just south of Callander (you have to turn left at stop sign in Callander),
    turn left on Hwy 654 to Hwy 11 south to Powassan. Take the Clark St. exit (#316) at Powassan.

    From the Exit: Turn right at top of exit ramp onto Clark St., and head in to town. Clark ends at Main St.
    Turn right on Main, then take first left: Memorial Park Dr. We are about 4 km east of Main St.

  • All entries, for all events must be mailed to: Ivan Paul, RR 4, Powassan, Ont., P0H1Z0.,
    and all cheques be made payable to: EPS Training Associates.

    EPS Training associates will use all reasonable care for the safety of dogs and persons at the test. However, neihter EPS nor any individual will accept the responsibility for loss or injury, however caused, to any dog or person.
    It shall be the duty and obligation of the test giving club to see that the judge, club volunteer, or any participant at an event under these rules, is not subject to indignities of any kind.

    Effective Jan 1, 2011, A non-member particip[ation fee will be charged to a resident of Canada who is a non member of the CKC. The non member participation fee is paid in any year a title is earned and covers all titles and dogs owhed by that individual. For the title to eb awardsed, the non-member will have the choice of either becoming a CKC member or pay the participation fee. Failure to comply within 30 days of notification will results in the title being withheld and the dog cannot move up to the next level. The fee applies only to dogs owned wholly by non-member residents of Canbada, and is not applicable to CKC members.

    2017 DATES/EVENTS.


  • Nov 4-5/17, 2 TRACKING TESTS.

    Judge: Sandy Briggs, Powassan, ON.

  • Entries have closed, and both days are full. Thankyou for your entries and support.
  • Saturday: 1 TD, 1 TDX, 3 UTDX. 1 UTDX alternate. Sunday: 5 UTDX.

  • Over the weekend, the Urban tracking tests are limited to a maximum of 8 UTDX or 8 UTD.
    Field tests limited to 4 TD or 2 TDX due to hunting seasons.
    and draws for entry will be held at 5pm, Oct 23, at Wimberway Kennels.
    There will be workers draws for each day.


    SUNDAY, Nov 5 - URBAN TESTS, LIMITED ENTRY. Priority given to UTDX entries.

  • Only one entry per dog per level, per day, will be accepted.
    Pot luck brunch to follow tracking tests each day....bring your favourite snack/dish.
    Coffee available half an hour before the draw and all day.

    Rosette, medal, and certificate awarded to all passing dogs.

  • SAT., Nov 4 -
    Entry limited to a maximum of 4 TD or 2 TDX, 3 UTDX or 5 UTD, or combination of same.
    Priority given to UTDX entries upto weekend site limit.

    SUNDAY, Nov 5 entry limited to 5 UTDX/8 UTD, with priority given to the UTDX entries.

    Track draws to be held at Wimberway Kennels, time to be confirmed with judging schedule.

    Entries will be acknowledged by email AFTER the draw on Oct 23.
    Please mark "Tracking" on outside of envelope.
    Entry fees: TD - $75. TDX: $125.
    A listing fee of $8.50 per entry MUST be included on all dogs not registered with the CKC.

  • Tracking Test entry form: Tracking Entry form

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  • Members are involved in a wide variety of dog related activities. They are willing to share their information, and help anyone who wants to get started in the same field.

  • Several members visit regularly with THERAPY DOGS in Seniors and Nursing homes, as well as visiting youth groups.

  • One member has her own team of Huskies and enjoys sledding for pleasure in the winter.

  • Members compete in licensed obedience trials and at any given time, members have dogs working in different trial levels.

  • Several members compete in either CKC or AAC agility trials (or both), and have earned titles, while others train just to have fun.

  • Several members are involved in Tracking, and also in CKC activity of Rally-O, which became an official events on Jan 1/07, and have competed in CARO Rally-O trials.

  • Two of our members operate Animal Control/Animal shelters in their own areas, and have been able to send unclaimed, unwanted healthy young dogs down to Oakville for training as Hearing Ear or Special Skills dogs. Several members also are local representatives in their "breed rescue" clubs.

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  • Highlights

  • The club was formed in 1987, and although the membership has remained small, members keep in touch by email and phone.

  • EPS ran its first licensed obedience trials soon afterwards, and in 2002 increased the trials to 6 obedience trials - 2 in June and 4 in September.In 2005, they ran 5 trials in September.

  • EPS is currently the only club in the Near North that is running Working Certificate Tests, and Hunt tests, for Retrievers. Most years tests have been run in early June and again late in August. In 2006, several mid-week tests were run, but due to poor entries, the mid week trials haven't been done since.

  • In 2000, for the first time in the area, a Field trial Conformation show was held by a retriever club in conjunction with a trial. Standard Poodles, being eligible for the WC tests, were also able to compete in the show and the trials.

  • Agility training indicated a need in the area for licensed agility trials, and EPS held the first ever CKC Agility trials in the near-north in 2001, and have run four trials each year since. As of 2016, agility trials are no longer offered.

  • In 2004, the club ran its first licensed Tracking Test, and had 8 entries in the TD level, and 2 in the TDX level.
    In both 2005 and 2006, and most trials since, the Tracking test entries filled the day the entries opened.
    When Urban tests were approved, the club started running Urban tests as well, and now run tests Spring and Fall each year.

  • We have a page for dogs owned in the area that have earned tracking titles can be accessed from the main Wimberway index or N.Ont Tracking dogs.

  • Members have earned many titles at the club's trials, and at other trials and events in Ontario.

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